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Seven Warrenton baseball players were named to all-conference and all-district teams after helping lead the Warriors to the outright Gateway Athletic Conference North championship this spring.

Trent McGee, Alex Vogt and Garrison Hibbs were first-team selections for both groups.

McGee, a four-year varsity starter, hit .390 on the season while driving in 12 runs and posting a .480 on-base percentage.

“He was our spark plug leading off and did a great job setting the tone by having a great approach at the plate,” Warrenton Head Coach Eric Burle said. “He made the switch to shortstop this season and was solid all season long.”

Hibbs completed his third straight season in the starting lineup, battling a hamstring injury but still hitting .344. The junior outfielder and first baseman led the team with seven RBIs in conference play and helped out on the mound as well, posting a 0.81 earned-run average in 17 1/3 innings.

“He injured his hamstring three games into the season, but you would have never known it by his production,” Burle said. “He could have allowed his injury to impact his game, but it never showed.”

Alex Vogt was second on the team with 18 RBIs this season from the designated hitter spot most games.

He finished with a .390 average and .434 on-base percentage.

“Alex could have pouted or not been engaged at times because of his role as the DH, but it never showed and he was the consummate team player,” Burle said. “He hit in the heart of the order each of the last three years and had some huge RBIs for us.”

Eli Ecton was a first-team all-district and second-team all-conference selection for his effort on the mound this spring.

He posted a 2.73 ERA and struck out 59 batters in 41 innings.

“Eli was our ace each of the last two  seasons,” Burle said. “He threw shutouts in each of the two conference games he pitched in, and he was a huge reason we won the conference title this season.”

Dylan O’Neal was named to the second teams after moving to second base this season.

“He made the switch this season and really locked down that side of the infield,” Burle said. “He was one of our better defenders, if not our best.”

O’Neal also pitched 28 2/3 innings with a 3-2 record.

At the plate, he hit .294 with nine RBIs.

“Trent and Dylan did an outstanding job playing up the middle for us this season,” Burle added.

Catcher Braden Lawson and pitcher Chris Vogt also were second-team selections.

Lawson started four years for the Warriors and was a part of two conference titles.

“One game that stands out is the 1-0 win over St. Charles,” Burle said. “St. Charles had the go-ahead run at third and Braden blocked two breaking pitches that bounced in front of the plate. If he didn’t block those two balls, we may not have won a conference title.”

Chris Vogt led the team at the plate with 19 RBIs, three doubles and two home runs.

On the mound, he struck out 48 batters in 36 innings of work this spring, and finished with a 3.08 ERA.

“Chris was a nice complement to Eli, and with those two guys going No. 1 and No. 2, we had a good chance of winning games,” Burle said.

 

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